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WWII was being fought in Europe and The United States insisted to remain out if it. However on December 7, 1941 a radar detected strange movement near the naval base. A private sent out a report but it was ignored a called a false alarm. Minutes later the United States Naval base on Pearl Harbor was being attacked by the Japanese Navy Air Service. This surprise strike changed the United States role in the war.
A day later President Roosevelt declared war on Japan. He described the attack as "a date that will live in infamy". The attack on Pearl Harbor was the biggest crisis in the US after the Civil War. On December 11, 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the US. The United states was determined to win the war at all costs.
After the Pearl Harbor incident Americans no longer trusted the Japanese-Americans. They feared that they could be potential spies. The Japanese living in the United States were forced to move into internment camps were they could be supervised. The majority of the Japanese in the camps were American citizens. If trying to escape they would be shot. The Japanese-Americans were treated horribly. They had no privacy, no home , or freedom.
Over two million Americans went to war in the Pacific. War in the Pacific was very different. The Americans confronted environments and cultures with fewer reference points. Americans fought in places like the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Okinawa. War in these islands was very bloody. Many Americans died fighting the war in the Pacific.
The United States had been in war four years when they decided to drop an atomic bomb on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war. Dropping the bomb saved a lot of American lives but killed thousands of Japanese. The bomb destroyed one half of Nagasaki and two thirds of Hiroshima. A week later after dropping the bomb Japan surrendered unconditionally.
After the war the United states helped rebuild Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Scientist studied the effects of the radiation exposure to help the survivors. The Japanese hold no grudges towards the united states. To this day the Japanese have forgiven the usa and the USA has forgiven them.
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